The Department of English Linguistics is an integral part of the Institute of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics. The Institute is the largest component of the Faculty of Humanities, and one of the largest in the UKW University, employing 72 faculty members and educating 800 students. The Institute offers 6-semester undergraduate (B.A.) studies and 4-semester graduate studies (M.A.) in two main areas: English studies and applied linguistics. Within English studies, students can choose one of the three specializations: linguistics, literature and culture; within applied linguistics, they can choose a specialization of English plus an additional language, either Arabic, Chinese, German, or Russian (to form such combinations as e.g. a major in English with a minor in Arabic). Upon the completion of M.A. studies, students may also choose to continue their education in the Doctoral Program in linguistics, taught by members of the Faculty of Humanities.
The Department was formed in 2017 and is one of the youngest units of the Institute. However, the studies of English linguistics in Bydgoszcz are not new, and go back to the Department of English Studies established in 1975 by Professor Aleksander Szwedek. Over time there had been several changes to its name, leadership, and structure, but it traditionally retained its inclusive and interdisciplinary character, comprising three areas: linguistics, literature and culture studies. In October 2017, the Department was reorganized into two new units: the Department of English Linguistics, chaired by Professor Maciej Widawski, and the Department of English Literature and Culture, chaired by Professor Wojciech Jasiakiewicz. Both units still function together as English philology (in the traditional sense) and their faculty members closely collaborate in teaching, supervision, and administration.
Currently, the Department of English Linguistics employs 9 faculty members including 1 full professor, 1 associate professor, 6 assistant professors and 1 teaching assistant, with diverse research and teaching specializations. Being the main part of the Institute of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, the Department is engaged in teaching 650 students, roughly half of which study English and the other half applied linguistics with English combined with another language. Approximately two thirds of all students are in the undergraduate program, the rest being in the graduate program. There are also several students enrolled in the doctoral program. Additionally, the Department offers a two-semester Postgraduate Certification Program in Translation for B.A. or M.A. graduates.
The areas of research in the Department are diverse and include: anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, comparative linguistics, ethnolinguistics, historical linguistics, onomastics, phonetics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics, and translation studies. However, particular strengths of the Department lie in the areas of applied linguistics (especially translation and interpreting, lexicography, linguistic fieldwork, language documentation, teaching English as a foreign language, and teaching methodology) and sociolinguistics (especially informal, social, ethnic, occupational and geographical varieties of English, language contact, and language borrowing). See Research and Faculty for more detail.
The core areas of teaching in the Department are: description of English, English as a foreign language (EFL), and specific fields of linguistics. At the undergraduate level, faculty members mostly teach core linguistics courses such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, but also some introductory specialized courses such as introduction to psycholinguistics or contrastive grammar. At the graduate level, they mostly teach advanced linguistic courses reflecting their research specializations, such as lectures on varieties of English or intercultural communication, seminar in translation or seminar in language in social context. Practical English courses (EFL) constitute an important part of the curriculum in both programs, especially in undergraduate studies. Significantly, since most students are speakers of languages other than English and prospective teachers of English or translators, faculty members teach several courses in applied linguistics such as translation, methodology of teaching or lexicography. Finally, a significant part of didactic involvement is degree supervision and review: several members of departmental faculty supervise and review B.A. and M.A. theses, while one is involved in Ph.D. supervision. Seminars are offered in areas reflecting research specialization of the faculty. See Teaching and Faculty for more detail.